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 Post subject: Lila Dodge: Senior Thesis in Dance
PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 1:09 pm 

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Press Release
For immediate release: March 24, 2009

Lila Dodge, Smith College Senior in the Department of Dance Presents
Ply and Grain–a Site-specific Dance Performance for her Honors Thesis
in Dance
When: April 16, 6 p.m., April 17, 2 p.m., and April 18, 4 p.m.
Where: Performance begins at the reference desk, Neilson Library, Smith
College, and continues along a route that ends on Main St. in downtown
Presentation of Dodge’s research of site-specific dance: April 18, 3:45
p.m. (preceding the performance) in Seelye Hall 101, as part of Smith
College’s program “Celebrating Collaborations.”
Tickets: No Admission charge. Open to the public.
Contact: Lila Dodge, (805) 680 2632

Ply and Grain follows four dancers as they compare being ‘in place’ with
travel through and between places, and investigates the stream of sundry
environmental textures that underpin both experiences. This
site-specific dance performance begins at the Reference Desk of Smith
College’s Neilson Library, continues out the main entrance to the
library’s front steps, across Seelye Lawn to the Brown Art Building,
passing through its Atrium to the entrance area facing Elm Street. The
dance then crosses Elm Street to proceed down Bedford Terrace, and
finally crosses State Street to complete the straightaway along Center
Street up to Northampton’s Main Street.

Join us for the full ride, or catch up at any point along the way–there
is no admission charge. The performance begins inside Neilson: 6 p.m.
on Thursday, April 16, 2 p.m., Friday, April 17, and 4 p.m., Saturday,
April 18. Two orange-clad guides will usher you along the journey, and
flyers posted publicly detail the trajectory of stopping places and

Ply and Grain is choreographed by Lila Dodge, Smith College class of
2009, as part of her Honors Thesis Project in Dance. Following her
research and writing on the development of site-specific dance as a
contemporary mode of expression, this choreographic study brings
attention to the fact that inhabiting a physical human body also means
inhabiting a physical place on Earth. The piece inquires into how this
fundamental interface of body and place may be amplified, even in
quotidian spaces, into performance. Meleta Buckstaff (SC 09), Christa
Whitney (SC 09), Abby Wilkins (SC 09) and Lila Dodge take the physical
material of their immediate environment as the initiating cues for the
physicality of their dance.

Saturday’s performance will be immediately preceded by a presentation of
the choreographer’s research on site-specific dance, as part of Smith
College’s program “Celebrating Collaborations.” The presentation will
be given at 3:45 p.m. in Seelye Hall 101, before the follow-up at the
library, just next door. The full schedule for Celebrating
Collaborations can be consulted online:

Joan P. Maxson
Publicity Manager/Performing Arts
Smith College
(413) 585-3222

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